GEORDIE maths teacher and podcast host Chrissy Rouse picked up a podium finish and valuable points at Thruxton as he continues the hunt for another Pirelli National Superstock crown.
The defending champ battled mixed weather conditions to bank to a hard-fought third place before scoring even more points in race two as he looked to put a tricky Brands Hatch behind him.
But as the front four jostled for position, he took advantage to move up to fifth before dicing with Neave as the two traded blows through the fast Brooklands and Church corners.
As Alex Olsen took the lead and Billy McConnell began to drop back, Rouse finally broke free of Neave before sliding underneath McConnell as the Geordie slotted into second briefly, before Luke Stapleford made a pass to relegate him to third.
Rouse took the fight all the way down to the wire, holding off McConnell’s last-ditch efforts to bank third place and 16 points by just 0.092sec.
Following rain showers on Sunday, the Superstock riders were back out on the grid for race two with Rouse lining up ninth on the grid and after another solid start, he looked to be on for a podium finish.
Sitting sixth early on, he got stuck into a battle with Stapleford and TT legend Ian Hutchinson before being knocked back to seventh and dropping briefly back to ninth behind Neave and Fraser Rogers.
But he fought back in the latter stages, passing Rogers and Hutchinson to get back up to sixth before being pipped by just a few tenths at the line by both Hutchinson and Keith Farmer. And while Rouse crossed the line eighth, he was promoted up a place after Farmer was disqualified.
“All things considered, it was a good weekend at Thruxton,” Rouse admitted. “I was absolutely delighted to get a podium on Saturday with a hard-fought third place.
“Race two didn’t go to plan, I didn’t have the pace to match the front group and ended up seventh. However, I managed to close in on a few lads in the championship over the weekend and as Thruxton has historically been my worst track for results I was happy with 25 points over the weekend.”
Rouse maintains his sixth-place standing in the championship and is now tied on points with Luke Mossey as the series moves to Donington Park’s National Circuit over the weekend August 13-15.